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Emma C Berry by Sea Hoss - FINISHED - Model Shipways - Launch Date 1866


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Had to shelf my USS Essex, too many missing parts and directions! Frustrating! Picked The Emma C. Berry for a good price and thought it is a good scale and very sexy ship. She was built and launched down the way in Noank, Conn. in 1866. Known as a "Noank Smack" fishing vessel. Got to it building the keel/skeg section, then putting together the build board and keel support unit with the frame clamp fixture. Ready to start the frames! 

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Haven't posted for a little while but I have been working on her here and there. For my first real POF attempt, this kit is not for beginners! The manual is not very easy to follow... I realized soon that most of the build will require constant referral to the plans. But that's cool, the plans have lots of info. Many detail shots of the trickier areas. So, bust out the measuring tools and get in that mode of thinking. So, the frames are beveled and installed.

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Waiting now for the glue to grab, began thinking of the next step: the interior details, cabin floor and bunks, wet well (this should be troublesome), but fun to figure out, forward floor and whatever else I can accomplish while the hull is open. Used an array of clamps, somewhat tricky!

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More done on ECB, wet well installed, left the starboard side open where the look through will be located. The forecastle sole is in with a cut out for the mast. Cabin sole and bunks are in also. Next up, ceiling planks then paint the interior before framing the deck. This is a fun little model, lots of detail crammed in.

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Thank Yves and Mr. T, also for the likes all! Yes Yves, sometimes hard to get the ball rolling again...But I find once I get started on a build again, the hours blaze by and I find that it's 2AM! Looking forward to see both of your build logs to resume. Also I must add; pardon most of my picture's quality, my phone is junk and therefore, the camera is too. I should buy a decent digital camera in the future.

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Got an update; banged some more out... Painted the interior areas called for, installed access ladders for the wet well hatches. Finished deck framing, installed some lodging knees, sanded flush the deck beams and carlings. Then began the covering boards. Next, the instructions call for the planking of the deck, nice!  I went through some other members build logs, very helpful. It was funny though that many have observed the same shortfalls in this kits instructions and plans. Should you pick up this one, be prepared to navigate by the plans. The instructions are sparse! I guess I'm used to more modern "Chuck P" type instructions. The plans also ca n be ambiguous in some aspects, well, you'll see!

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Progressing along on the ECB... Deck framing is done. The plans called for lodging knees all around, I cheated a bit. I wrestled with making all of them when most would be covered with planking. I intend to leave off some deck planking to expose the framing and to let light into the wet well area. I don't have the proper tools to create all those knees. So then began with the garboard strakes and the hull planking. i included some pics of the edge bending process, I use my jig and a hair dryer, works well with bass wood. for all the negatives of bass wood, it is easy to sha pe and bend.

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Still planking the hull. Working on the central band on the port side, almost finished. Then I will probably go back and forth from sanding  and filling the hull and working on the deck. The clamping jig and hair dryer method works well for edge bending. Had to do some imaginative planking on the starboard side. It's ok since all will be sanded and filled before painting. Maybe adding a couple LED lights inside for effect. All in all, I am really enjoying building the ECB. I think she shall be a beautiful model. I would like to try carving the decorative parts on the trail  boards but they are so small, I don't know? we'll see. Getting close to the fun stuff! 

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